By Gabby Tucciarone
In February, Mamaroneck’s literary magazine, Calliope, published its winter issue, the first of the school year.
The 2016 winter issue included a beautifully written series of short stories about a lovable and angelic character known as Baby May, created by senior editor Anna Helms ’16. It also included drawings and a poem known as “Translucent” by Angelica Santarsiero ’18, which describes fear in its most pure and innocent form. The winter issue can be picked up in the library.
Calliope compiles different genres of student-produced art in two issues each year. The publication is the focus of one of the oldest clubs at MHS. Members meet every Wednesday in English teacher James Short’s room, C121, and at editors’ houses after school on Thursdays. Members are given creative independence, as they are able to submit visual and written work. Calliope accepts everything from photography and drawings to poems and short stories from non-members as well.
As Gabe Radcliffe ’16, editor and long-term member of Calliope, told The Globe, “[Calliope] is great for any renaissance man or woman.” This wide range of possible submissions gives students more freedom in choosing an art form through which to spread their ideas.
This philosophy reflects the ambience of the club well. Its main goal is to allow people to expand their minds and creative abilities.
Calliope is a place for lovers of literature regardless of their willingness to submit written work. People who enjoy reading and hearing written pieces can meet each other and discuss the complexities of certain texts, while also meeting the authors of these pieces. This allows members to grow as both readers and writers because they are hearing different opinions and voices.
“Instead of having to constantly wonder what the piece may represent, in Calliope, you can ask the author,” Helms told The Globe. She added, “This allows people to draw individual interpretations of the piece while also learning about the original meaning.”
Such a unique opportunity to discuss the work with the author allows members to develop a better understanding of the piece they are reading and learn about the inspirations that led to its creation.
“Calliope is great for any writer or any reader,” Radcliffe commented.
On the first page of the most recent issue, a Kurt Vonnegut quote introduces the issue and epitomizes the club’s essence: “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly is a way to make your soul grow, so do it.”